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If you're like me (i.e. you didn't grow up in New York), your early impression of the city was formed, in large part, by the movies. Films as far afield in tone and time as King Kong (1933), Manhattan (1979), Ghostbusters (1985), and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) all formed that New York of the imagination, for me. Well, check that–they all formed a Manhattan of the imagination. For all the (rightful) cinephilia the Big Apple receives, its less-glittering counterpart across the East River is no...
To all you ruthless criminals who managed to steal more than 70,000 books from the Brooklyn Public Library in 2012: is delicious pie and coffee enough to entice you into returning your books? If so, you're in luck. (If not, you're a monster!) On Wednesday, Grubstreet reported that Melissa and Emily Elsen, the sisters behind Gowanus pie spot Four & Twenty Blackbird, are officially opening an outpost at the Brooklyn Public Library. A temporary café...
So, here's a number that's higher than it should be: 70,144, the number of books that were stolen from Brooklyn Public Libraries in 2012 (up significantly from 2011, which saw 61,543 such thefts). Thanks in no small part to rampant book theft, the materials in Brooklyn's library system dropped from around 4.1 million in 2009 to 3.3 million in 2012. Like many developments with our public libraries in recent years, this isn't what you'd call good! Of...
People seem to love the fall so much (and love talking about how much they love the fall) that the whole thing has become sort of a punchline at this point. Which, alright, maybe most pumpkin beer is kind of watery and overrated, and maybe we've talked a few too many times about the "first pumpkin latte of the season." Fine. There are worse things a person could have on their conscience. And anyway, this...

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